Sweet William

Iain Maitland

Iain Maitland is the author of thrillers: The Scribbler (2020) Mr Todd’s Reckoning (2019) and Sweet William (2017) as well as two non-fiction books on mental health: Dear Michael, Love Dad (2016) and Out of the Madhouse (2018). An ambassador for Stem4, the teenage mental health charity, Iain also speaks on mental health issues in the workplace. A writer since 1987, he is a journalist and has written more than 50 books, mainly on business, which have been published around the world. 

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Sweet William

by Iain Maitland

  • RRP: £12.99 (print)
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781910192917


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Sweet William is a breathtakingly dark thriller that spans forty-eight hours in the life of a desperate father and a three-year-old child in peril, who needs insulin to stay alive. It tells a story of mental illness, a foster family under pressure, and an angry father separated from his adored little boy.

Brilliant and terrifying, this is a debut novel whose impact will linger long beyond the chase and its shattering climax.

… RUN!

REVIEWS OF Sweet William

“If you’re looking for a thriller that’s both gripping and moving, Sweet William is the book for you. Set over a breathtaking 48 hours, it documents the actions of a desperate father willing to go to any lengths to be with his young diabetic son. It begins with the man’s daring escape from a secure psychiatric unit and the pace never lets up until the book reaches its dramatic climax. Author Iain Maitland is a journalist with a track record of writing about mental health and his knowledge and expertise come across on every page.  Taut, darkly humorous and heartbreaking all at the same time, with an unforgettable narrator, Sweet William packs a real emotional punch.” Lisa Gray, Daily Record Book Club Read more

"Extremely well written and very frightening." Barbara Nadel

"A breathless journey through fear and love that explores how interdependent those two extreme emotions are." Ewan Morrison